The Turquoise One had his best day at the races since earlier this year at Ascot when he was then seen under the Stewards Tower kissing a delightful brunette with long legs and a very short beige mini.

This of course was a very sound tactical move by the jockey as well as a very romantic place to engage in such pleasantries! The stipes would not have thought to look under their floorboards and even if they had spotted the handsome prince, (in the Turquoise colours of Shane Edwards), trudging back to the changing room, he would have been given the all clear under the rules of racing.

He was trying his best (to respond), was not causing any interference and he stayed on a straight line next to the outside fence, being only checked in walking (and having his momentum stopped) by the delightful long-legged one who leaned across to peck him, thus showing even more leg, if that was possible.(At that time my heart rate accelerated to be on a par with the 1987 Perth Cup winner, Rocket Racer).

The Turquoise One is, of course, Jarrad Noske and he specialises in having smashing females on hand and in hand. He was after all the rider of unbeaten champion Black Caviar, in her first two wins (of 22), and I can’t think of more impressive legs than her four and if she was mine I would never stop kissing her.

Speaking about kissing, maybe Jarrad should be renamed Rodin after the French sculptor of the famous 1889 work of marble, The Kiss (although under the rules of racing he may weigh in a bit light if he dressed the same as the subjects in the sculpture).

Anyway, I digress.  We are here to discuss Rodin Noske’s treble of November 17, 2012.

It started in the first race when he piloted the Donna Riordan trained filly O’Hara  De Belle to her second victory from as many starts, once again proving that females respond to him!
It was also the second time that Camporella (William Pike) was runner up to the Riordan’s filly but this time she was the one chasing, getting to within a neck at the finish. At their first encounter she was run down by her bête noire, going down by a length.

In the fourth, Noske on Bustabill, always handily placed, also survived an even tighter finish, winning by a long head from the fast finishing Carry the Nation (Ed Creighton).
The jockey’s treble came in the R.J. Peters Stakes when Maschino finished strongly going away from them to win by a length.

On that run the Graham Yuilll trained galloper will be a strong contender in the $1 million, Group 1 Railway Stakes this Saturday.

The trainer’s daughter Kyra, who normally would have ridden Maschino will probably return to race riding this Wednesday after having being laid low after a nasty fall on September 8 while riding Grandstand in the Apprentices Cup.

Kyra still has a slight limp but seemed in good fettle as I was talking to her in the horse stalls after the last. (She also saved me from an assassination attempt from Track manager, Geoff Murphy, who told me he didn’t want to run over her, in his car, just myself. Murph was a recent TVH winner but clearly believes he should have won the prestigious award more times).

Speaking of the TVH Sartorial Stakes, I couldn’t separate a grey pair on Saturday –Marty Young (racing manager) and committeeman, Dr Kevin Christianson. This could be an omen for Luckygray in the Railway.

Marty looked sharp in his impressive steel coloured suit, with white shirt and white tie with purple and black diagonal stripes, the latter matching his black mane; Dr Kev had the light grey suit and shoes with powder blue shirt and tie.

 Others worth mentioning included, Bill Bovington, from the press box (cream suit with mauve and pink shirt and tie), who is obviously starting to come into his own. Bovver Boots is definitely one to watch for and put in the black book.

Also committeemen, Daws and Donovan, looked impressive, the former Graham in the sandman outfit with rust brown tie and orange hank while the latter Gra had a dark suit, light grey shirt with light tangerine tie.

All in all it completed a good day for the committee as well as the Rodin of the Saddle.

John Elsegood